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SEMA Training FAQs

What are the costs and reimbursements?

SEMA courses offered on this site are provided at no cost to the attendees. SEMA will pay for lodging and meals for those traveling more than 50 miles (one-way) to the course and staying in a hotel while attending the course.

Students attending SEMA course offerings will NOT be reimbursed for meal expenses if they live within the 50 mile commuting distance to the course or choose to commute to the course and are not away from their official domicile more than 12 hours. Students will be on their own for meals unless otherwise provided with the course. Mileage expenses are the responsibility of the student or his/her sponsoring organization.

SEMA will not provide lodging for short courses or workshops 6 hours in length or less.

Can students from other states attend SEMA training?

Students from states other then Missouri are welcome to attend SEMA training on a space available basis. There is no charge for SEMA training. However, Missouri WILL NOT reimburse for hotels or meals for students from other states.

What are Local Offerings?

Classes identified as "Local Offering Only" are classes specifically requested by local jurisdictions. Individuals living within 50 miles of the class location have priority for seats. Individuals who live further then 50 miles from the class site can attend the training providing seats are available. SEMA will not reimburse for meals or hotels for classes identified as Local Offering Only.

What are State Agency Only classes?

Classes identified as State Agency Only offerings are usually classes requested by or pertaining to state agencies. Individuals employed by state agencies have priority for seats. However, other individuals can attend the training providing there are seats available. SEMA may not reimburse meals and lodging.

How will student acceptance notification be made?

Students can determine if they have been accepted to a course by going to the SEMA Training Schedule, locate the course and click on the participant link on the right side of the page. If the student's name appears, they have been accepted into that particular course. Acceptance emails containing information regarding the course location, lodging instructions, administrative instructions, pre-class work instructions and/or any advanced class materials will be sent approximately 4-5 weeks prior to the class dates.

How are student cancellations handled?

Any student who is unable to attend a course for which they have enrolled and have been accepted is requested to notify the SEMA Training Department prior to the day of the course. Failure to notify SEMA of a cancellation will be considered as an unexcused absence. Two unexcused absences within a fiscal year could result in the student not being selected to attend any SEMA course for six months. Exceptions will be made for personal or jurisdictional emergencies. If you are unable to attend a course due to an emergency response, you should notify SEMA and a notation will be made to your transcript indicating the absence was excused. Students are also responsible for canceling their hotel reservations.

Are courses ever canceled?

In the event that the number of applicants for a scheduled course is insufficient to warrant proceeding with the course or there is some additional problem requiring cancellation, a notice of cancellation and /or rescheduling will be sent to all applicants. SEMA will make will make every effort to notify all participants of course cancellation decisions five full working days prior to the course start date, unless there is an emergency requiring short notice of cancellations. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be notified by email, fax, letter or phone call.

What are the attendance policies?

Students are asked to attend ALL sessions of each course, seminar or workshop. Due to extenuating circumstances, participants are sometimes called away from training. However, in order to maintain the integrity of the program, participants should attend a minimum of 90% of the session. Certificates may not be awarded to participants that miss more than 10% of a course presentation. Please notify the course manager if you expect to miss any class sessions. If an individual is unable to attend a course for which he/she has been accepted, he/she must cancel prior to the course start date.

NOTE: Some SEMA courses are approved for POST Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for law enforcement personnel. Individuals requesting POST CEUs are required by POST policy to attend 100% of the delivery. For addition information on POST CEUs, please go to their website at http://dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/post/.

What is the dress code?

In order to maintain an appropriate and professional learning environment, all students attending any training program sponsored by the State Emergency Management Agency are required to adhere to the following Dress Code:

Minimal acceptable attire shall be “business casual”, described as follows:

Men- Trousers, (denim is acceptable)

Shirts with collars

Women- Slacks, skirts, dresses, (denim is acceptable)

Blouses or shirts

Shoes are required. Thong-type sandals (flip-flops) are not acceptable.

Students shall wear clean and well-maintained attire and adhere to acceptable personal hygiene standards.

Examples of unacceptable attire:

Torn, patched or faded clothing, shorts, skorts, halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, strapless sun dresses, shirts with non-department logos or large-letter advertising, sweatsuits or warm-up suits, sweat pants. This list is not all-inclusive, but represents the types of clothing to avoid.

Students not in compliance with the above may be asked to leave the classroom.